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    For Parents Joining a team with no natural talent??

    Just my 2¢, motivation and drive are MUCH, MUCH more important than natural talent. Unless you’re talking about the concept that she may never win olympic gold, which seriously why think that far ahead? Wanting to do it is not only more important than talent, it is just required. The most...
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    T & T gyms near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania?

    I am looking for a gym that offers T & T rec classes that would be ok for an adult to enroll in. The closest I have found is 1 hour and 15 minutes drive and doesn’t offer anything explicitly for adults. I don’t know, maybe no one does, but does anyone know HOW I can find this information?
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    WAG Master's age group

    They have adult rec classes at a gym near me. I am 48, and have been trying to work up the nerve to attend for years! I do still play at the local trampoline park and have fun with my 11 year old son, as well as impressing the other parents watching. I can still do a lot of stuff but not...
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    For Parents Joining a team with no natural talent??

    The love of gymnastics is far more important than her skills/strength. If she loves it, those will come. That said, I’m not sure team is a great way to keep on loving gymnastics. A lot of times the pressure for perfection, comparison to others, and literal judgement on everything you do- isn’t...
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    For Parents How do I deal with a difficult coach?

    That is horrifying. I’m so sorry you have to deal with this. Definitely out of line.
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    For Parents Informal poll - What does your gym require for volunteer work for parents?

    Sigh. Yes and no. I fear it may come to an end in the not too distant future, and not for the right reasons. We often struggle financially and also have two other children who are getting the short end of the stick.
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    For Parents Informal poll - What does your gym require for volunteer work for parents?

    My husband is always saying “I wish they would just charge what they need to charge and not slip in all these extra surprise fees constantly”. So yeah.
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    For Parents At what point do you encourage child to try something different

    You should absolutely post this as a separate thread. My daughter has adhd also and has always struggled with the same issues you describe. Every kid is different, but for mine, adjusting expectations helped. Basically both the coach and I know she will always progress more slowly than other...
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    For Parents Informal poll - What does your gym require for volunteer work for parents?

    Parental organizational fees? That’s a new one on me. What is it, exactly? $150 a month seems like a lot. Is that the coaches’ fees? That we pay in one lump sum in September, and the amount varies by level/program.
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    For Parents Informal poll - What does your gym require for volunteer work for parents?

    I don’t know. I’m not sure if I would get a straight answer if I was to just call around. That’s why I’m asking it here.
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    For Parents Informal poll - What does your gym require for volunteer work for parents?

    Well... I pay 275$ for 7 hours a week. I recall some threads on Chalkbucket a while back where all us parents were comparing fees, and as I recall, it was on the higher end of the scale. We are in the Northeast USA though so that is a relatively expensive part of the country. Gym-wise, it is a...
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    For Parents Informal poll - What does your gym require for volunteer work for parents?

    What’s KMA? For the record, I am also in agreement with my husband, but he gets really mad about it (think Louis Black’s “Anger” character from the movie Inside Out) whereas I am mostly resigned. I still think it’s wrong, when I think about it. The boiling-a-frog analogy comes to mind.
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    For Parents Informal poll - What does your gym require for volunteer work for parents?

    You are the only one so far who even comes close. Your assessment and uniform fees are much higher, but I am assuming it’s for JO with some travel meets? My child is xcel silver and practices 7 hours a week. Our “volunteer” time (I LOVE that you used quotes here, I do that too) for this weekend...
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    For Parents Informal poll - What does your gym require for volunteer work for parents?

    We pay full meet fees. For xcel silver this year there are four meets plus states, each at about $100 a pop. The uniform was $130 for the two pieces my daughter had grown out of, but for those buying the whole thing new I believe it was in the range of about $300. Coaches fees this year for xcel...
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    For Parents Informal poll - What does your gym require for volunteer work for parents?

    Wow if they paid for unicorns that would be awesome!! In answer to your question, no, we don’t get anything paid for. We pay full fees for uniforms, meets, and not sure about banquet as I have never been to one. We do not have a booster club at this gym. The gym owner runs the meet. It’s so huge...
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    For Parents Informal poll - What does your gym require for volunteer work for parents?

    I missed the window of time in which to edit the post, but wanted to add, that is not all of what is required from parents. In addition to all that there is a golf tournament we host that the parents have to work at, donate golfer prizes of $25, and find golfers for. There is a program ad...
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    For Parents Informal poll - What does your gym require for volunteer work for parents?

    Ok so, I haven’t posted in quite a while, but our gym is hosting a big meet soon and my husband is blowing a fuse about how much time and work is required of parents. For the upcoming meet, a 2 day affair with 625 gymnasts registered so far, parents at our gym are required to do the following...
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    WAG Gymnast who doesn't really like gymnastics but refuses to quit

    At 10, she's at an age when a lot of kids start to realize they can actually get hurt. I had read somewhere there's a philosophy of gymnastics coaching where they try to teach them as many big skills as possible while still pre-puberty, before fear kicks in. So maybe the age, but maybe also her...
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    WAG Gymnast who doesn't really like gymnastics but refuses to quit

    Thanks everyone. I posted this thread to just kind of get others' perspectives on the whole thing. I get tangled up in my own thoughts a lot and it can cause a loss of perspective. I wasn't specifically seeking direct advice on what to do (that's a husband's job, right, men seem to like to...